Action continued this past week as the Carroll County League Tiny Miss and Little Miss wrapped up regular season play and the Junior Division teams and our Senior Division team headed into the second half of the season.
June 23, Polo Two hosted River Ridge in Little Miss play. River Ridge scored six runs in the top of the first and never looked back as they posted a 17-12 victory.
Once again, as has been the case for much of the season, neither team could find the plate as walk after walk dominated the game.
Polo’s pitchers surrendered a total of 19 walks while the visitors served up 15 base-on balls. With so many walks and an occasional hit here and there each team promised to score a bunch of runs and as the score indicated, there were a total of 29 runs scored.
Polo did not score in the first inning and already trailed 12-0 heading into the bottom of the second.
With two down, and a run forced in via the walk, Faith Ukena delivered a two-run single that would lead to three runs scoring to put four runs up total but Polo still trailed 12-4 after two complete.
In the bottom of the third, Polo closed to 12-8. Five base-on balls and a big double by Bri Cox saw four more runs score to get the home town ladies to within four after three innings.
Once again, however, Polo’s pitching failed to keep the guests off the board by issuing three walks, hitting a batter and surrendering a single and a double which saw five River Ridge runners come in to score.
Polo would rally for four runs in the bottom of the inning with four runs on four walks and an infield out as time expired giving River Ridge the win. Polo had two hits to four for the visitors.
In game two June 23, Polo One of the Junior Division hosted Dixon Three. Polo One had been playing some good ball of late but failed to do so against Dixon.
It seemed as though Dixon batters found every gap in the defense to pick up hits and when they did hit toward a Polo defender, the defender would bobble the ball or throw wildly allowing runners to move freely around the bases and score with ease.
Harper Clark, who was Polo’s starting pitcher, struggled after throwing a scoreless first inning.
Whether Clark merely had a bad night or was done in by some bad defense was hard to tell but the result was a 17-6 thumping by Dixon.
Trailing 6-0 heading into the bottom of the second Polo picked up a pair of runs. Two base-on balls and singles by Clark and Alyssa Wakenight brought in the runs to close Polo to within four at 6-2 after two complete.
Any hope of making a game out of things vanished in the third and fourth innings as Dixon picked up nine runs while limiting Polo to four.
The third inning opened for the guests with a single. A walk, three back to back singles and a walk led to a five run third which Polo did not answer in their half of the inning.
Dixon added four more runs in the top of the fourth without benefit of a hit but due to six walks and a three run error on the defense.
Polo managed to get four runs in the bottom of the fourth against a new pitcher for the visitors.
Harper Clark reached second on a two-base error to open the inning and three walks later and a single by Peyton Knight led to four runs but Dixon still managed to lead 15-6 after four complete.
Dixon added two more runs in the top of the fifth and won under the ten run rule 17-6 after five. For the evening, the visitors collected six hits and had eighteen walks. Polo had three hits, nine walks.
On June 24, Polo’s Tiny Miss team hosted Stockton in a makeup game from a week before. Polo’s Tiny Miss team has been playing some fine ball of late and they continued to do so against Stockton as they pounded out a 13-4 win.
Polo jumped off to a 4-0 lead after one inning of action. With one down in the first, Emmalie Gilbert singled. Camyrn Jones singled to put runners on first and second. Gracen Rivers then smacked a long double to score Gilbert and leave runners at the corners.
Allissa Marschang kept the hit parade going with a single to score Jones. An infield out scored a run and singles by Madison Glawe Madeline McLane brought in another run to give Polo an early 4-0 lead.
Polo picked up a solo run in the third inning to go up 5-0 and added three more in the fourth. Adrianna Tobin opened the fourth with a single.
Karlea Fry followed with a single to put runners on first and second with none out. Glawe came up again a hammered a shot into left for a double to score Tobin and Fry. McClane brought in another run with a single as Polo took an 8-2 lead.
Stockton picked up three runs over the last two innings while Polo had a five spot in the bottom of the fifth to ice the win.
Gracen Rivers and Karlea Fry had doubles to highlight the inning while Olivia Paul, Adrianna Tobin, Madison Glawe and Madeline McClane each added singles.
With the win, Polo moved to 7-2 on the season with just one more game left in the regular season.
Polo’s Senior Division team hosted Byron Two here June 25. Polo came into the game with a 9-0 record and proceeded to add win number ten with an easy 10-0 victory.
Starter Sydney Gunder was unhittable as she pitched a great game with sliding fastballs and hard to hit change ups. She would tally a total of thirteen K’s enroute to the win.
Offensively, Polo picked up two runs in the first and was never headed.
Hailey Wiggins led off the game with a double. She stole second and came home on a two out double by C.J. Gray. Gray would then take third on a wild pitch and come home on a passed ball to give Polo the early 2-0 lead.
Leading 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Polo had their biggest inning of the night with a four run outburst. Gray led off the inning with a double but was nailed at third attempting to get a triple.
With one down, Breanne Pellini was hit by a pitch to begin the uprising. Kassidy Cheeseman walked as did Ally Rhodes. Riley Peterson also walked to fill the bases. Then, several passed balls and wild pitches saw two unearned runs score.
Alyssa Shore then smacked a single to left to score another run to cap off the four run inning to give Polo a 7-0 lead.
Polo would add two runs in the fifth and pick up the decisive tenth run in the bottom of the sixth to win under the mercy rule.
Kassidy Cheeseman led off the inning by being hit by a pitch. She stole second and moved to third on an infield out. Riley Peterson then hammered a double to right center to score Cheeseman and the game was over with Polo picking up the shutout 10-0.
For the evening, Polo collected six hits with Riley Peterson and C.J. Gray each having two hits. Byron had just two hits.
Also on June 25, the Polo’s Tiny Miss team hosted Eastland Two. Polo was looking to close out their regular season with a win but such was not to be the case as the Eastland took a 7-2 victory.
Polo’s usual stellar defense just never got going in this contest as the Polo ladies just could not convert defensive plays into outs.
Fielders bobbled the ball, threw to the wrong bases and in general just had an off night.
Eastland picked up their first run in the top of the first when an error was committed on the first visitor batter of the evening.
That error was to shadow Polo for the rest of the game as the defense just never kicked into gear.
Despite a less than solid performance defensively, Polo managed to hang in the game Eastland had three singles and an infield out to bolt to a 5-0 lead that Polo never challenged.
Polo got their only runs of the game in their last turn at bat in the bottom of the fifth before time expired. Gracen Rivers singled to open the inning.
An out later, Allissa Marschang singled Rivers to third. An infield out put runners at second and third for Polo as Alivia Schmidt came up and brought in a run with an infield out. Emmalie Gilbert scored Marschange with a single to close the score to 5-2.
Unfortunately the rally stalled there as time expired as Eastlnd took the 7-2 win. Gracen Rivers, Adrianna Tobin and Allissa Marschang each had two hits to pace Polo’s eleven hit attack. Eastland batters collected 15 hits.
Weekly play wrapped up at home here June 26 with two games.
In game one, Polo One of the Carroll County Little Miss Division hosted Stockton. Polo One had been struggling to find a way to win the second half of the season much to no avail.
Fortunately, Thursday evening, Polo found the winning combination again as Nicole Boelens pitched a masterful game and with timely hitting and a solid defense the ladies posted a 9-1 win over Stockton.
Stockton jumped off to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. A leadoff walk, followed by another base on ball put two runners on with none out. Boelens, however, bore down and despite an error that led to a run struck out the side to keep the visitors from taking a big early lead.
Polo came back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the first. Jasimine Badon led off the first with a single. Kaylah Boelens drew a walk putting runners on first and second.
Abby Yingling also walked to fill the bases with none out. Three more walks forced in the three runs and Polo was off to a 3-1 lead.
The score would stay 3-1 until the bottom of the fourth, when Polo scored six big runs to bolt to a 9-1 lead without benefit of a hit.
As Polo had struggled with the base on ball of late, now it was Polo’s turn to take advantage of the walks to put the maximum runs on the board allowed to take command and ultimately the win.
For the night, Polo had but four hits but received 13 walks. Stockton did not have a hit as Boelens dominated their batters all night long. Boelens struck out 14 batters to pick up the win.
In the nightcap, Polo’s Senior Division team was looking for their eleventh win of the campaign in as many starts against Oregon and they were not to be denied as they cruised to a 16-4 win in just three and one half innings.
Polo did not waste any time in getting on the board as they put a six spot up in the bottom of the first inning. Alex Dusing led off with a sharp single to right. She stole second as Sierra Wolfley singled to bring in Dusing.
Becca Wagner drew a walk. Mallory Patterson singled up the middle to score Wagner. Kaitlyn Marschang then hammered a ball to deep left for a triple to score Patterson.
Kallie Lowry singled to score Marschang. Abby Gorzny drew a walk and came home to score on a fielder’s choice and two walks later to hit the six-run limit in an inning and give Polo a quick 6-0 lead.
Alex Dusing, Polo’s starting pitcher had some wildness in the second which allowed Oregon to come within two at 6-4 midway through the second.
Dusing would regain her control and give a solid performance the rest of the way out.
Polo responded with four runs in the bottom of the second. An error and doubles by Dusing and Wolfley and a single by Patterson allowed Polo to go up 10-4 as Oregon would never threaten again.
Polo administered the coup-de-grace in the third with another six-run inning. Singles by Lowry, Amber Henson, Desiree Badon and Dusing along with a walk to Ashley Wiggins saw runners score at will to give Polo the 16-4 win.
For the night, Polo had 14 hits with Dusing leading the way with three of the 16 hits. Oregon did not have a hit.
Two games were reported in from the road and both those games featured Polo One of the Junior Division.
On June 24, Polo journeyed to Amboy where they dropped a 9-4 decision.
Polo struggled offensively for the first three innings as they were held scoreless. The only hit Polo had was Alyssa Wakenight’s double that went for naught.
While Polo struggled to score, such was not the case for Amboy. They picked up six runs over the same time frame mostly due to walks.
Starting pitcher Maggie Rhodes had problems with her control and was relieved by Harper Clark. Clark would give up just three runs in her stint in relief.
Polo got on the board in the fourth inning. Kaitlyn Trobaugh walked and was followed by a single from Marah Blake which pushed Trobaugh to second.
Rhodes grounded out but on the play Trobaugh went to Trailing 9-1 in their final turn at bat, the Polo ladies managed to get three runs. Chelsey Weems, Trobaugh, Blake Rhodes and McCawley all singled but their efforts were not enough as Polo fell to their hosts by a 9-4 margin.
June 26, Polo traveled to Byron and this time the results were more to Polo’s liking as the ladies took a 12-0 win. Polo got two runs in the top of the first and was never headed.
Katelyn Trobaugh, Marah Blake, Harper Clark, Cynthia Calderon and Alyssa Wakenight all had singles with Clark and Calderon getting RBI’s.
In the second inning, Polo added another pair of runs. Peyton Knight and Chelsey Weems each had a double in the inning.
Trobaugh, Blake and Maggie Rhodes all had singles to drive in runs. While Harper Clark was back in pitching form with three strikeouts of Byron batters.
Polo continued to score in pairs with two more runs in the third inning. Wakenight, Knight, Weems, Trobaugh and Blake all had singles with Knight and Trobaugh driving in the runs.
In the fourth and final inning, Polo struck pay dirt with six big runs to account for the final margin of victory allowing Harper Clark to get the pitching win in the 12-0 decision.
Polo hosted the Little Miss Tourney here beginning June 30. Results of those game will be reported on next week.